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For Those Who Come Behind Us

What a privilege, Father, to come together with You. As I looked out the window this morning the fog is fairly thick and my mind doesn’t feel much different. Lack of sleep from sitting with the family of a dying man the night before last has impacted me…but them even more so. Father, may they feel Your presence as their grief weighs heavy upon them this day. May they find Your peace as we all cling to the certain hope of being reunited with him and all our loved ones who have gone before us into Your presence. Amen.

Lord, as I sit here rocking and praying, You bring to mind a question: What kind of legacy will we leave behind when we are gone?

Wayne left an exemplary one. He was faithful to You, he was a loving father and husband, he was a hardworking man of integrity, he was a devoted servant of the Church. He was no more perfect than any of us but in the almost 14 years I knew him, I really don’t recall anyone speaking ill of him.

Lord, when our lives are built on You – when You are our model to live our life in fulfilling Your will – when You are our model for life – others can look at us and be inspired to live likewise.

Once more, a wonderful song by Steve Green comes to mind…

Apr 29, Fri, 5:10 am

♪♫♪ Find Us Faithful ♫♪♫

We’re pilgrims on the journey
Of the narrow road
And those who’ve gone before us line the way
Cheering on the faithful, encouraging the weary
Their lives a stirring testament to God’s sustaining grace

Surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses
Let us run the race not only for the prize
But as those who’ve gone before us
Let us leave to those behind us
The heritage of faithfulness
Passed on through godly lives

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
May the fire of our devotion light their way
May the footprints that we leave
Lead them to believe
And the lives we live inspire them to obey
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful

After all our hopes and dreams have come and gone
And our children sift through all we’ve left behind
May the clues that they discover
And the memories they uncover
Become the light that leads them
To the road we each must find

[Repeat Chorus Twice]

Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful
Oh may all who come behind us find us faithful

Words and Music by Jon Mohr Copyright 1988 Birdwing Music/Jonathan Mark Music (admin. By The Sparrow Corp.) All Rights Reserved. International Copyright secured. – See more at: http://stevegreenministries.org/product/find-us-faithful-3/#sthash.MXePcPcX.dpuf

Impact Each Other

Father, once again I sit at Your feet. As I open up Your Word may I see what You want me to see. May the impression it makes on me speak to me throughout this day and the days to come.

1 Timothy 5:17-23 (<<click here)

As a pastor, Lord, it is obvious that I have great responsibility: to uphold and proclaim Your Word and to live an exemplary life before both my congregations and the world. But as Paul states in today’s passage the congregation has responsibilities, as well: to support their pastor financially and to lift him up and encourage them. They are also to hold them accountable.

Lord, I am so very blessed to serve the churches to which I have been appointed. Growing up in a pastor’s home I have many warm thoughts of people and events but I am well aware that there were many struggles. There were many contributing factors but it is a fact that we didn’t live in any community for more than 3½ years. Situations would develop and packing would commence. I am grateful that my father, too, has been richly blessed to serve a congregation in his “retirement” where he is loved and supported in so many ways. He has touched many lives and they have touched him as well.

My prayer is that I continue to meet the needs of the churches I serve – that I will faithfully teach them and feed them and challenge them. I know they love me, and support me and respect me. Yes, there are things I could improve upon and with the Lord’s help I will. May they continue to go deeper in their relationships with God so that together we will impact the world for the Kingdom!

Sept 22nd, Tues, 6:40 am